8th World Heritage USA International Symposium


Expressing Heritage Sites Values to Foster Conservation, Promote Community Development, and Educate the Public

May 5 – 8, 2005
Charleston, South Carolina

Hosted and co-sponsored and by the Historic Charleston Foundation and in partnership with the Getty Conservation Institute.  With the support of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and Institutional Sponsors the National Trust Southeast Regional Officer, Clemson University, The Fleming Charitable Trust II, and Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi.


Wednesday, May 4
8:30 am
to 5 pm

Optional pre-conference trip to Savannah, Georgia (see below for more information)
Bus leaves 8:30 am from the Francis Marion hotel.

12 noon –
1:30 pm

Specialized committee meetings.  Meet in the lobby of the Francis Marion hotel, then proceed to nearby restaurants and coffee shops.  Contact your committee chair for more information.
2 – 5 pm

Registration open at the Francis Marion Hotel (conference hotel), 387 King Street.
Thursday, May 5 – Sessions 1 and 2
Registration opens at the Beth Elohim Synagogue (90 Hasell Street)
(within walking distance of the Francis Marion Conference Hotel).
The birthplace of Reform Judaism in the United States, the Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim is the fourth oldest Jewish congregation in the continental United States (after New York, Newport, and Savannah). The present Greek Revival-style synagogue was built in 1840.  Today, Beth Elohim is the second oldest synagogue in the United States and the oldest in continuous use.  It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1980.


7:30 am    REGISTRATION – desk opens at the Beth Elohim Synagogue (90 Hasell Street)
Poster Session of ICOMOS International Interns who have been hosted by the Historic Charleston Foundation.

8:30 am    OPENING SESSION – Beth Elohim Synagogue (90 Hasell Street)
John Fowler, Chairman of World Heritage USA, and
Katharine Robinson, Executive Director, Historic Charleston Foundation
Jonathan Poston, 8th World Heritage USA Symposium Chairman
Introduction to the Symposium

Dinu Bumbaru – Message from the Secretary-General of ICOMOS

The Honorable Joe Riley, Mayor of Charleston – Welcome to Charleston

Robert Rosen – An Overview of Charleston’s History and Heritage”
10:15 am    Mid-Morning Break – provided by the Sisterhood of Beth Elohim
Session President: Michael Devonshire
Session Rapporteur: Marta de la Torre

Neil Silberman (US and Belgium), Director of the Ename Center, Ename, Belgium
Digesting the Past: Interpretation and the European Heritage Industry

Boguslaw Szmygin (Poland), Lublin Technical University and ICOMOS Poland Vice President
Interpretation as a Factor Altering Conservation Doctrine: The Case for Reconstruction and Rebuilding

Andrew Hall (South Africa), Northern Cape Provincial Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, Kimberley, and President of ICOMOS South Africa
From Nationalism to National Identity: The Anglo – Boer South African War – Reinterpreting Old Heritage for the New South Africa

Karen Moon (UK and Tanzania), ICOMOS UK and Independent Consultant, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Ownership Conflicts and Heritage Interpretation in Uganda and Tanzania

1:00 pm    LUNCH – Box lunches provided for registrants
2:30 pm
Session President: Ronald Lee Fleming
Session Rapporteur: Lisa Ackerman

James Conlon (USA), Columbia University Media Center for Architecture and Archaeology, New York, and World Heritage USA
The Virtual Indian Ocean: Expressing the Significance of Tarim, Yemen, through new Media

Dawson Munjeri (Zimbabwe), ICOMOS Zimbabwe
Expressing them as it should be: Welcome Them Aboard

Martha Zierden (USA), Charleston Museum
Archaeology and Heritage Interpretation in Charleston, South Carolina

Jeffrey Burden (USA)
The Story Behind the Scaffolding: A New Trend in Interpretation

Randolph Langenbach (USA), Conservation Technology, Inc, Washington , DC, and World Heritage USA
Ruins of Piranesi – Ruins over Time: The Presentation and Interpretation of Ruined Monuments

6:00 pm    RECEPTION, DINNER, AND BEACH PARTY – Buses depart the Francis Marion Hotel for Fort Moultrie
Fort Moultrie’s history covers 171 years of seacoast defense, including the first decisive victory in the American Revolution and the firing onto Fort Sumter during the first battle of the Civil War. The third Fort Moultrie, built in 1809, stands today.  Following the reception at Fort Moultrie, guests can elect to return to the hotel or continue on to the Sullivan’s Island Beach Club for dinner and dancing. Sullivan’s Island is one of South Carolina’s beautiful and historic barrier islands.

6:30 pm

Reception at Fort Moultrie – sponsored by the National Park Service
Buses depart at 7:15 for the Sullivan’s Island Beach Club
7:15 pm
11:00 pm

Beach Boogie at the Sullivan’s Island Beach Club.  Eat, drink and dance under the stars and the palmettos.  Buses will depart at regular intervals to return guests to the Francis Marion Hotel; the last bus departs at 11:00 pm.
[Note: reception and dinner included with registration; $75 additional for partner/spouse]

Friday, May 6 – Field Sessions
7:30 am

Continental breakfast, Francis Marion Hotel (note: additional charge, sign up at registration).  Video presentation “Piranesi Project, a Stratigraphy of Views of Rome” by Randolph Langenbach.  This 50-minute video juxtaposes the mid-18th-century engravings of Giambattista Piranesi with photographs of the same views today. This presentation thus covers a 250 year period in the existence of some of the most famous ruins of all time in the archeological districts of Classical Rome.

department times

Field trips (limited space available – early registration advised).  Attendees may choose (on a first-come first-serve basis) one all-day field trip or one or both half-day field trips.  Lunch is included in all tours, except for the afternoon half-day tour.  All tours leave from the Francis Marion Hotel.
Click here for all FIELD TRIP DESCRIPTIONS or click on individual titles below.

walking tours

Session 1-A: Charleston Architectural Walking Tour (Capacity: 30 people)
8:30 am – walking departure from the Francis Marion Hotel (box lunch included)

Session 1-B: African-American/Gullah Focus Tour (Capacity: 30 people)
1:30 pm – walking departure from the Francis Marion Hotel (tour ends at 4:20 pm)

[Note: participants may sign up for one or both of these tours]

All-day tours

Session 2:  Auldbrass Plantation – Beaufort Architecture Tour (Capacity: 45 people)
8:30 am – bus departs from the Francis Marion Hotel (lunch included)
Session 3:  Cooper River Historic District Tour (Capacity: 90 people)
8:30 am – bus departs from the Francis Marion Hotel (lunch included)

Session 4:  Ashley River Tour (Capacity: 45 people)
9:15 am – bus departs from the Francis Marion Hotel (lunch included)



Session 5:  US/ICAHM Geophysical Sensing Session (morning)
6:00 pm

Location:  Nathaniel Russell House, 51 Meeting Street
Completed in 1808, the Nathaniel Russell House today has been elegantly restored as one of the Historic Charleston Foundation’s house museums. Set amid spacious gardens, the mansion is recognized as one of the United State’s most important neoclassical dwellings. The graceful interiors with elaborate plasterwork ornamentation, geometrically shaped rooms and a magnificent free-flying staircase are among the most exuberant ever created in early America.  Furnished with period antiques and works of art, many of Charleston origin, the house evokes the gracious lifestyle of the city’s merchant elite.

Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction at the Nathaniel Russell House and Gardens.
The silent auction will include items representing both the host city of Charleston and the international spirit of World Heritage USA.  During cocktails, bid on a “dinner for 4” at a local Charleston restaurant to enjoy later that evening, look for art and collectibles from around the world donated by former World Heritage USA International Interns, or plan a vacation in a historic house in Scotland. These and many other items will be up for bids at the Friday evening cocktail reception at the Nathaniel Russell House.  Proceeds from the auction go to support World Heritage USA programs and activities.

(Note: included with registration; $30 additional for partner/spouse).

8:00 pm

Dinner on your own at one of Charleston’s many fine restaurants.
Saturday, May 7 – World Heritage USA Annual Meeting
8:00 am
9:00 am

Open to all World Heritage USA members.  Location: Francis Marion Conference Hotel
World Heritage USA members may take part in the World Heritage USA Annual Meeting in the morning.  During the annual meeting, old and new business will be discussed, and elections will be held for new members of the Board of Trustees, and the new Fellows will be introduced.

9:15 am
9:15 am

break at
10:30 am

Session President: Kathryn H Barth
Session Rapporteur: Pamela Jerome

John Hurd (UK), Independent Consultant, London, England, ICOMOS UK, and Acting Chair of the
ICOMOS International Committee on Earthen Architecture
Towards a Regime for the Sustainable, Ethically, Regionally Maintainable Conservation of Large
Archaeological Sites on the Silk Road

Norma Barbacci and Mark Weber (USA), World Monuments Fund and World Heritage USA
Experiences of the World Monuments Fund in Balancing Interpretation with Preservation

Arlene Fleming (USA), World Bank, Washington, DC and World Heritage USA
Heritage Interpretation in Projects Financed by the World Bank: Challenges and Complexities

Peter Romey (Australia), Port Arthur Historic Sites Management Authority and Australia ICOMOS
Interpreting the Cultural Palimpsest at Port Arthur, Tasmania

9:15 am

break at
10:30 am

Session President: Kak Slick
Session Rapporteur: James Reap

Geoffrey Parnell (UK), Royal Armouries, HM Tower of London, Great Britain
The Tower of London and the Creation of a Victorian Myth
Axel Klausmeier (Germany), Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus, Germany
Commemorating the Uncomfortable: the Insecure Future of the Relics, Remnants and Traces of the
Historical Landscape Formerly Known as the Berlin Wall

Steve Farneth and David Quan (USA), Architectural Resources Group, San Francisco, and World Heritage USA
Angel Island Immigration Station: International Place of Memory

Joanne Burgess (Canada), Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
Understanding and Interpreting the Past of an Urban Commercial District: Examining the Recent Experience
of Old Montreal

LUNCH – on your own
Session President: Douglas Comer
Session Rapporteur: Ed Crocker

Saleh Lamei (Egypt), Centre for Preservation and Conservation of Islamic Cultural Heritage, Cairo, Egypt
Heritage for Peace: an Experience from Cyprus

Diana Henriquez de Fernandez and Maria Eugenia Bacci
Parque del Este , Caracas, Venezuela

W. Brown Morton III (USA), Mary Washington University, Fredericksburg, Virginia, and World Heritage USA Fellow
The Memorial of Moses at Mount Nebo, Jordan: Facing a Difficult Future

Katarina Voskova (Slovakia), National Board of Monuments and Sites Preservation, Banska Stiavnika, Slovakia
and ICOMOS Slovakia
A Training & Education Centre for Improving the Preservation and Better Interpretation of Banska Stiavnika, a World Heritage Town

Kaisa Barthulli (USA), Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, National Park Service, Santa Fe, New Mexico and World Heritage USA
Interpretation of the Route 66 Cultural Corridor

Session President: Gina Haney
Session Rapporteur: Autumn Rierson

Mary Slater (USA), Bandelier National Monument, National Park Service, Los Alamos, New Mexico
Interpreting Native American Ruins in the Southwestern United States: Perceptions of Significance and Value in a Post-Romantic Age
Anne Ketz (USA), The 106 Group, Ltd, St Paul, Minnesota
Dakota Stories and Places: Collaborations with and New Interpretations of a Neglected Community

Ned Kaufman (USA), Pratt Institute Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, New York
Using Historic Sites to Interpret Racially Diverse Experience: Proposals Drawn from a National Study

Cynthia Porcher (USA), Charleston, South Carolina
Low Country Gullah Special Study

4:15 pm
Summary by the Rapporteur-General

Invitation to Newport, Rhode Island, for the 9th World Heritage USA International Symposium


Newport, Rhode Island

Closing Dinner at Drayton Hall
(additional $50 for registrant and $75 for partner/spouse to attend)
Guests may elect to attend the closing reception at Drayton Hall, a National Historic Trust property outside of Charleston. Completed in 1742, the historic plantation house stands majestically on a 630-acre site and is one of the finest examples of Georgian-Palladian architecture in America. Through seven generations of Drayton family ownership, the plantation house has remained in nearly original condition.

5:30 pm    Buses depart for Drayton Hall Dinner.
Jamie Westendorf, caterer; music by the Old Crow Medicine Show band
9:00 pm

Buses return guests to the Francis Marion Hotel
Sunday, May 8 – Post-conference tour of the French Santee
9:30 am
4:30 pm

Tour of the French Santee (see below for more information)
[Note: $60 per person (includes roundtrip bus transportation from Charleston]

Pre- conference tour of Savannah, Georgia

Bus leaves at 8:30 am
from the
Francis Marion

Wednesday, May 4  – Tour of Historic Savannah, Georgia
$60 per person (includes roundtrip bus transportation from Charleston)
Sponsored by the Savannah College of Art & Design
and the Historic Savannah Foundation.  Andrés Gaviria and Mark MacDonald, guides.

Begun in 1733, General Oglethorpe’s city plan for Savannah started with six wards; at the center of each ward was a public square, flanked on the east and west by trust lots designated for public buildings, and 60′ x 90′ lots on the north and south sides. Recognizing the brilliance of this plan, city fathers implemented it in the southward expansion of the 1800’s, ultimately creating twenty-four squares from the Savannah River to Gaston Street.  Savannah’s city plan is celebrated because it has been utilized throughout the city’s history and remains as valid and effective today as in its inception. The Savannah National Historic Landmark District is also lauded for its outstanding variety of architectural styles, including residential, commercial, and institutional buildings.

10:30 am

Arrival of participants at the Massie Heritage Interpretation Center in Savannah.Refreshments and welcome by SCAD Officials. Lecture on “Savannah’s Past, Present and Future.

11:30 am

1:00 pm

2:00 pm

3:35 pm

Bus/Walking Tours. Group 1 – SCAD Facilities. Group 2 – Savannah Historic District

Tours repeat with groups exchanging.

Buses depart Massie Heritage Interpretation Center and return to Charleston.

Note:  In order to take this tour, participants will need to arrive Tuesday evening.

Historic Charleston and World Heritage USA have arranged for a conference rate of $129 per room for Tuesday evening (May 3) at the Hampton Inn in downtown Charleston.  The tour bus will leave from the Hampton Inn and will return to the Francis Marion, the conference hotel.  Arrangements will be made to transfer participants’ luggage from the Hampton Inn to the Francis Marion during the day.  Please mention ICOMOS or the Historic Charleston Foundation to receive the discounted room rate.

Hampton Inn, 337 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 958-2400 or (843) 723-6938 fax

Post-conference tour of the French Santee

Sunday, May 8  – Tour of the French Santee
$60 per person (includes roundtrip bus transportation from Charleston)
Leaves from the Francis Marion Hotel at 9:30 am and returns by 4:30 pm.

The Santee River flows north of Charleston, emptying into the Atlantic Ocean at the Santee Delta.  In the early 18th century, between 70 and 80 French Huguenot families settled along this river in what is now St. James Parish.  The settlement, which became known as French Santee, consisted largely of plantations that once produced half of the world’s supply of rice.

This tour will include stops at Snee Farm (owned in the 18th century by Charles Pinckney, now the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site), Hobcaw Barony (once consisting of 14 rice plantations converted from 3,000 acres of tidal marshlands), Hampton Plantation (built by French Huguenots circa 1735), and McClellanville (a community originally founded by rice planters after their summer colony at the mouth of the Santee River was destroyed by the hurricane of 1822).